Like many rising stars in boxing, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wants to test his skills against boxing's pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather. And according to Canelo's manager, Chepo Reynoso, the two sides have reached an agreement.
If Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) emerges victorious during his scheduled May 4 bout against a yet to be determined opponent, his next fight will be against Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs).
"[Vice President] Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions came to Guadalajara and we agreed that Saul and Floyd would share the evening in May. We already reached a financial agreement [for May], and a guarantee that we will face [Mayweather] in September in Las Vegas," Chepo said, per Boxingscene.com. "The worth of Saul was confirmed by the large attendance at the [MGM Grand], even though on that same day Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fought 'Maravilla' Martinez a few blocks away. In addition, Canelo finished Josesito Lopez with the force that was expected. Mayweather had difficulties in defeating Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, who even landed some big punches. We believe that it is time for Canelo to show what is made of."
Music to the ears of many boxing fans I'm sure.
Austin Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs) seems to be next logical opponent for Canelo right now, but I'm not sure the 22 year-old would want to take such a huge risk with a fight against Mayweather -- who will likely face Robert Guerrero on May 4 -- hanging in the balance.
Fighting Trout would actually be a good way for Canelo to prepare for a counter-puncher like Mayweather, as he obviously wouldn't have much of a chance against "Money" if he can't get past Austin.
However, Alvarez stands to make a lot of money in a fight against Mayweather, and at his young age, losing to the best boxer around right now wouldn't really have a negative impact on his reputation. He'll still be regarded as one of the most promising young boxers around regardless of what happens against Floyd.